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Correspondence between Zebulon Weaver and Fred L. Weede, 1932

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  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce Asheville, North Carolina January 29, 1932. Congressman Zebulon Weaver House of Representatives Washington, D. C. Bear Congressman Weaver: During Mr. Albright's visit to Asheville yesterday, we had quite an extended conversation regarding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and he was very enthusiastic in his praise of the splendid assistance you have given him in matters legislative. He also took occasion to refer to this support in the address he made last evening. I am writing this to assure you that we in this section of the state appreciate that support tremendously because we believe that this national park is going to be a great economic asset not only to our immediate section but to the state as a whole. Mr. Albright particularly mentioned Senate Bill No. 36 with its appropriation of ^7,500,000 annually for the years 1934 and 1935, saying that the future of the park was particularly tied up in this measure. fa urge you to give your continued support to this bill with the provisions of which you are more familiar than we are and we know you realize what they mean to the development of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This measure, I believe, has not yet gone to the House, but we know that when it does it cannot escape your , . . . , . . . . Western UaroiinaUmversitu attention and active interest. rtunter Libraru, I know you are extremely busy, but please do not forget my inquiry regarding participation on the part of the Indian Bureau for an appropriation to assist in building a proposed highway from Soco Gap to Cherokee, of which I inquired a few days ago. Will you also please let me know if any move is being made, as rumored, to amend the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Act so that temporarily the total area may be reduced—thus speeding up federal occupation and improvement of the park? I arar in receipt of a letter from Chairman Jeffress, of the State Highway Deps rtment, in answer to a query of mine as to how far reaching the recent economy pronouncement of Governor Gardner is going to be, in which Chairman Jeffress suggests that, if Congress sets aside another emergency aid appropriation for highways which vail not have to be matched by state funds, North Carolina could go on with much of the highway work that has been planned for 1932. Chairman Jeffress may have communicated this to you; but, if not, I am calling it to your attention. Chairman Jeffress, in a letter relative to their economic program recently announced by Governor Gardner, comments upon the $375,000,000 appropriation called for in a bill introduced by Senator Lafollette for unemployment relief.
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  • Zebulon Weaver (1872-1948) was a lawyer and U.S. Representative from western North Carolina. He was a member of the North Carolina Park Commission and was involved in the land acquisition process that went towards establishment of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This set of three letters is the correspondence between Zebulon Weaver and Fred L. Weede, manager at the Ashville Chamber of Commerce, pertaining to road constructions and development of the park. Following are brief summaries of each of these letters: Fred L. Weede to Zebulon Weaver, January 20, 1932 In this letter Weede requests Weaver to send him a copy of the amendment to the bill authorizing the Smoky Mountain National Park to speed up appropriation for the development of present boundaries. Weede also queries Weaver if there had been any mention of Indian Bureau funds contributing towards the construction of a highway through the Cherokee Nation. Fred L. Weede to Zebulon Weaver, January 29, 1932 In this two page letter Weede expresses support for the national park and considers it to be an economic asset for the region. He urges Weaver to give his support in the House to Senate Bill 36 that would be helpful for the development of the National Park. Weede also mentions about the possibility of using some of the money set aside in a bill for unemployment relief towards highway construction and development of the park. Zebulon Weaver to Fred L. Weede, February 5, 1932 In this two-page letter Weaver assures Weede he would devote his considerable attention to the development of the Park and the construction of roads and also Senate Bill 36. However, Weaver felt that funds could not be secured for the construction of the highway through the Cherokee Nation at the present moment even though there could be overall development of road works.